July 21, 2010

Announcing the Top 10 Video Contest Finalists!

For Earth Day this year, Save Our Shores began the Hey-hey-hey, Goodbye Plastic Bags Video Contest, and the entries have been trickling in ever since. The goal of the contest is to spread the word - it's time to bid plastic bags goodbye.

Now, the top 10 finalists have been chosen & the 1st Place Winner and 3 Runners Up will be chosen by our esteemed judges over the next few weeks.

But the 2nd Place winner is chosen by YOU, the viewer. Whichever video gains 'Most Viewed' status by August 6th wins 2nd Place!

Our Top 10 finalists are listed below in random order - check 'em out:

Tanner Gibson, Pickens, SC:

Maya Davidson, Anja Weaver & Paige Davis, Santa Cruz, CA:

Christine Huotari, Wisconsin Rapids, WI:

Ramil Lagman, San Diego, CA:

Echo Zen, Del Mar, CA:

Destin Dern, Apopka, FL:

Craig Draeger, Thunder Bay, Canada:

Jay Romeo, Kissimmee, FL:

Ocee Wilson, Steamboat Springs, CO:

Julia Hostetler, Victoria, British Columbia:

Save Our Shores is honored to have these environmental leaders as our judges:

Philippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau, carries on the Cousteau family tradition of ocean exploration and conservation through his work with EarthEcho.org, Animal Planet, the Ocean Conservancy, and more.

Mark Stone, a Santa Cruz County Supervisor, sponsored the ordinance to ban plastic bags in Santa Cruz County, and represents Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Mateo Counties on the California Coastal Commission.

Eric Thiermann, local filmmaker and founder of Impact Productions, has created films twice nominated for Best Documentary Film at the world renowned Academy Awards.

Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols is a lifelong advocate for marine conservation, and current SOS Board Member, and has founded, directed, and spearheaded ocean conservation movements like Grupo Tortuguero, WiLDCOAST, and Ocean Revolution.

  • First Prize - Judges Choice - A New HD Flip Camera!
  • Second Prize - Most Views on YouTube - A New SD Flip Camera!
  • Three Runners Up - Judges Choice - Save Our Shores gear!

Join us in bidding these single-use, disposable, polluting plastic bags a heartfelt:

July 15, 2010

They Don't Trash Your Home. Why Trash Theirs?

Check out our July 4th Pollution Prevention video and consider the impact that trash has on our oceans and marine life.

Then, join us in taking a pledge to live a life free of plastic bags. The ocean will thank you.

July 7, 2010

July 5th Star Spangled Beach Cleanup a Huge Success & July 4th Pollution Prevention Day is Working!

Save Our Shores thanks the 220 community volunteers who participated in our July 5th Star Spangled Beach Cleanup, where we removed 2,750 lbs. of trash and 400 lbs. of recycling from our Santa Cruz beaches in just 3 short hours.
Thanks to you, 3,150 lbs. of pollution did not make it into the Monterey Bay, and our oceans as a whole.

During our July 4th Pollution Prevention efforts the day before, over 1,600 trash and recycling bags were handed out to beach goers on the busiest beach day of the year at Main Beach, Seabright Beach, Twin Lakes Beach, Moran Lake Beach, and Seacliff/Rio Del Mar Beach. On the 4th, our Pollution Prevention volunteers and staff reached about 3,400 people on these same beaches, educating them about ocean pollution and how to properly dispose of their trash.

Did you know July 5th is the second largest SOS beach cleanup of the year?

Our community of beach lovers is now able to experience cleaner, safer beaches at: Davenport Main Beach, 4 mile Beach, Panther Beach, Seabright Beach, Twin lakes Beach, and Seacliff and Rio Del Mar beach. Out of the seven beach cleanup sites included in the July 5th Star Spangled Beach Cleanup, the dirtiest beach was Panther Beach, at 715 pounds of trash and recycling removed, and the cleanest beach was Twin Lakes Beach, with 175 pounds of trash and recycling removed.

Our efforts are working! Because we've been handing out trash and recycling bags on beaches on the 4th of July, our July 5th cleanup data shows a decline in the amount of trash that winds up on Santa Cruz County beaches on July 5th.

Thank you, volunteers, for making such a huge impact in our community.

Up next: Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 25th!